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Report: Vietnamese Chicken at Cordon Bleu and excellent Pumpkin Pancakes at Nena's

Dave MP | Nov 4, 200609:50 PM     18

I went to Cordon Bleu (1574 California St @ Polk) last night for the first time. The place was crowded (standing room only) at 9:30 PM, but luckily we got there just in time for some seats at the counter. I had the plate with chicken, rice, meat sauce and salad, but I substituted an imperial roll for one of my pieces of chicken. The meal was great, generous portion. The chicken was grilled perfectly, really nice flavor...reminded me of something I'd grill myself. Meat sauce was hearty, scooped over lots of rice. My friends and I all thought the food tasted more like food in someone's house than food at a restaurant. We left feeling full and satisfied. It's the type of place I'll return to when I'm feeling homesick for my mom's cooking.

This morning (technically afternoon) I had brunch at Nena's in Bernal Heights. My housemate recommended this place to me, and my other housemate and I went to check it out. I think I have a new favorite breakfast place. The breakfast menu has lots of egg and pancake specials, also Salvadoran breakfasts. Lunch and dinner are also Salvadoran/Mexican/Californian.

My housemate and I both had the special that was on the whiteboard outside: Pumpkin pancakes, two eggs and two strips of bacon for $7.95

The breakfast was awesome. The two pumpkin pancakes filled up an entire plate...they were topped with butter, syrup served on the side in a typical diner-like syrup container. The pumpkin flavor was there, but not overpowering, and the pancakes were fluffy, clearly a good homemade batter. About halfway through the meal, I realized that the pancakes tasted a lot like pancakes I make at home in New England...then I suddenly realized! They had served us real maple syrup! I turned to the waitress and exclaimed happilly...This is real maple syrup! She smiled and said "Mmhmm."

Meanwhile, the eggs over easy were fine, bacon could have been a bit crispier but still was fine...we each got three strips instead of two. Coffee was particularly good (unlimited refills for $1.75). I am still just so happy to be surprised with awesome pancakes and real maple syrup at a Salvadoran/Californian restaurant in San Francisco!

On weekends they serve breakfast all day, I think weekdays too.

It's located on the same block as Zante's and Angkor Borei, at 3459 Mission St. in Bernal Heights.

http://www.forored.com/nenasrestaurant/

That's all for now,

Dave MP

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